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Walking Tall - Hellman - Idea

Walking Tall - Hellman - Idea

Walking Tall - Hellman -

Session # 205 Walking Tall - What Your Client's Gait Can Tell You Before They Even Speak! Presented by Dan Hellman, CHEK Faculty What is Gait? Gait is the scientific term that describes walking. Also one of the seven Primal Pattern® movements identified by Paul Chek (Ref. Chek, 1999) The gait cycle Begins with heel contact and ends with same side heel contact. Each leg goes through a stance phase and a swing phase. Analyzing the Gait Cycle In a gait cycle, you analyze the cycle and related actions of each leg and related body actions in the following phases: A. Stepping forward with one leg (e.g. right). B. Heel contact and action through the stance phase (e.g. standing on right leg while left leg goes through the swing phase). C. If the person were to start with two feet together, step forward with one leg and continue until that leg was on the ground and both feet were together again, that would constitute a gait cycle. The gait cycle involves the whole body and is quite complex to analyze due to the complexity of the kinetic chain • Any aspect of the kinetic chain, from a sore wrist, to a blocked joint in the neck, to a mechanical or motor control problem of the leg or foot can change the outcome in a gait analysis. Start by focusing on one segment of the body at a time. Most therapists tend to work from the foot up when analyzing gait. • Once your understanding of the body and assessment skills develop, consider the core first, and then see how the extremities are expressing the actions of the core. NOTE: It is unwise to assess gait on a treadmill unless the client’s pain is only recreated on a treadmill. The recruitment sequences for muscles and the arthrokinematics of the joints are reversed when the ground moves under you relative to when you walk (jog or run) across the ground. © C.H.E.K Institute, 2012

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